Mountainfilm Announces Full Film Lineup for 2022 Festival

David J. Holcomb


Mountainfilm Announces Full Film Lineup for 2022 Festival

A single of North America’s oldest movie festivals, Mountainfilm (dubbed one particular of the “coolest” fests in the world) has introduced the full lineup for its 44th version and first completely in-particular person function considering that 2019.

Getting position this Memorial Working day weekend, May 26-30 in the majestic Telluride Valley, attendees can search ahead to 131 daring and inspiring movies, such as 31 features (19 of which are girls generated or directed) and 96 shorts (43 of which are girls created or directed) curated into 11 applications, which includes award-deserving environmental, social justice and adventure-themed films.

“We’re thrilled to be showcasing in excess of 80 global, U.S. and Colorado premieres, like a robust lineup of movies showcasing below-represented voices,” suggests Pageant Director Suzan Beraza. “Mountainfilm carries on its powerful tradition of programming the really ideal in the genres of environment and sustainability, social justice, society, activism, and, of training course, the wonderful outside and edge-or-your-seat experience programming, with a exclusive emphasis on movies and subjects that celebrate indomitable spirit.”

Of the unbelievable lineup of movies are 23 environment premieres, which include attribute film Surf Country, directed by Jeremiah M. Bogert, Jr. and Jessica Q. Chen and developed by Diane Quon and Nevo Shinaar (all in attendance at the pageant). The movie can take a deep dive into the world of competitive Chinese activity as the place trains and grooms up-and-coming surfers to make their bid for the initially Olympic surf level of competition.

Added entire world premieres include Chasing, the epic adventure of a rowing team’s race throughout the Atlantic and THE Neighborhood Storyteller, the touching tale of an impromptu classroom for women in a Syrian refugee camp. Over and above earth premiere functions, Mountainfilm is thrilled to share the U.S. premiere of Sam Now with audiences.

The movie shares the personal story of two fifty percent-brothers, director Reed Harkness and movie subject Sam Harkness, as they embark on a everyday living-altering journey to locate solutions, knowledge and therapeutic in the unpredicted disappearance of Sam’s mom (filmmaker/matter in attendance). Small movies billed to entire world premiere at the festival and envisioned to make waves this 12 months include things like Dani’s Twins, Janwaar, Wood Hood, Eco-Hack!, Absolutely free to Treatment, Ibach, Pores and skin Swimmer, Struggle or Flight, Sheri, Elevated and Rural Runners.

This year’s lineup will also spotlight crucial neighborhood Colorado tales, these types of as The Holly (government producers contain Adam McKay and Todd Schulman), inspecting gentrification and violence in downtown Denver’s Holly community Nameless Sister, an personal portrayal of the opioid epidemic from in a restricted-knit Denver relatives the planet premiere of Battle of Flight, chronicling THE JOURNEY of the only woman pilot utilized by Colorado Parks and Wildlife the world premiere of Sheri, showcasing the legendary adventurer and designer who revolutionized the out of doors business with the founding of Colorado’s Alpacka rafts and Jacket, which transports viewers to a sheep ranch in Moffat County, Colorado, revealing age-old (and shocking) traditions for the duration of lambing season.

In addition to the festival’s movie programming, Mountainfilm’s beloved Espresso Talks will be returning, in addition the freshly built Minds Relocating Mountains Speaker Series and DocTalks. The speaker sequence kicks off Friday early morning at Substantial Camp and attributes good adventurers Rick Ridgeway in dialogue with Conrad Anker, and James Balog in discussion with the festival’s 2022 Guest Director Jeff Orlowski-Yang.

The collection will go on as a result of the weekend with a distinctive tribute to Mountainfilm’s late and beloved co-founder Bill Kees New York Times, The New Yorker and Vox journalists speaking about threats to American democracy Dr. Len Necefer, producer of Spirit of the Peaks, will be joined by film issue and co-director Connor Ryan to talk about Indigenous views in filmmaking and ski mountaineering and a competition wrap-up discussion with 2019 Visitor Director Cheryl Strayed and renowned filmmaker Tom Shadyac.

This year’s DocTalks fulfill the festival’s mission of bringing filmmaker assist to the forefront with five workshop sessions centered on occupation progress in the filmmaking market by offering authentic help for what creatives are trying to find in the present natural environment of a hyperconnected environment.

DocTalks will be hosted by Caitlin Mae Burke and Merrill Sterritt of IF/THEN Shorts, featuring an array of panelists that include things like Guest Director Jeff Orlowski-Yang, festival jury users, industry and filmmakers Kathryn Everett (XTR), Eric d’Arbeloff (Roadside Points of interest), Stacy Peralta (The Yin and Yang of Gerry Lopez – Mountainfilm 2022), and Skye Fitzgerald (Academy Award-nominated filmmaker), alongside with associates from Netflix, Vimeo, Kickstarter, among the many others.

“Audiences can anticipate to be stirred by this impressive slate of filmmakers telling stories full of experience, activism and the strength of the human spirit,” suggests Executive Director, Sage Martin, “As Mountainfilm aims to do just about every yr, attendees will stroll away impressed to acquire motion.”

Bolstering the festival’s by now-stacked software is this year’s cash awards. Passholders may perhaps cast their votes for their favorite feature films through the weekend to award a filmmaker with the $5,000 Viewers Alternative – awarded at the Closing Picnic on Monday afternoon at Town Park. Other jury-selected awards include Greatest Documentary Aspect ($5,000), Finest Quick Movie ($1,000), Charlie Fowler Finest Journey Movie ($2,500), Shifting Mountains ($2,500), Ladies in Movie ($2,500) and the University student Choice Award ($1,000).

Passes for the festival are however obtainable listed here. Palmyra, Ama Dablam and Patron passes consist of Immediately after the Fest On-line accessibility. For individuals unable to attend this year’s in-person competition, $99 After the Fest passes are offered on the internet, providing movie enthusiasts on-line screening entry to nearly all films from May well 31 by way of June 7, 2022.


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